We’re finished with week six and I feel more exhausted than ever, but I have plenty to keep me motivated to finish this challenge! Last Saturday we did our 5-week testing and I almost met my goal of improving in everything. I improved on my push-ups. I improved on my sit-ups. I shaved 43 seconds off my mile time. (For someone who despises running and stayed up far-too-late the night prior, I was proud of this.) What did I NOT improve on?! My sit and reach. Seriously?! The one thing that is easy to practice and I didn’t worry about is the one thing I did not improve on! I have to laugh. I tell myself that I’d much rather be fit and toned than be able to be ridiculously flexible. (I can touch my toes! Since when is that not good enough?!) Someone did mention to me that as your muscles grow, your flexibility could decrease. Who knows? The truth of the matter is that I’m not sweating about it! I can very easily work on my flexibility and stretching to improve next time.
I have to be honest: I’m tired. I’m getting burnt out on watching my carbs. I want to eat some ice cream on any given hot summer afternoon that I choose…but I’m really trying my best. I can use a little extra motivation sometimes to keep me going and luckily Dan has been very supportive! I’m glad he’s there to cheer me on when I just feel blah. The first five weeks were great and I am seeing good things happening, I just know I need to keep the momentum going. As I was searching for a few online resources for my summer school students, I stumbled across a website with motivational quotes, particularly for athletes. There were quite a few that I could relate to and loved, but this one really jumped out at me:
So… I’ll keep thinking about my hard work, my progress, and what those starting bikini pictures look like (that I have hidden in a dresser drawer) and I’ll keep going at 5 am and doing my best! In the end, I can feel as great at this boxer:
P.S. I have been getting a lot of compliments too. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really do feel the results are starting to show…. Here I am dressed up for a wedding I went to this past weekend. For me, the first few places I noticed change were my arms and then midsection. It’s no wonder… everything we do involves our ARMS and ABS! They are sore all the time!
See you next week!